Elling | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Elling Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 31 2011

Call it The Really Odd Couple. Simon Bent's English-language stage version of a screenplay--which was based, in turn, on Blood Brothers, a 1996 novel by Norwegian writer Ingvar Ambjornsen--takes the fussbudget/slob dynamics of Neil Simon's scenario and raises the stakes by making the roomies former inmates of a mental institution. Steve Scott's staging allows Andrew Jessop's mama's-boy Elling and Peter Oyloe's sex-obsessed Kjell (he puts the "id" in "idiot") to share some warm, if wholly predictable, interludes. Even so, there's a lingering sense that we're meant to laugh at, not with, the emotional handicaps of these two walking sit-com devices. --Kerry Reid

Price: $20-$30

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